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Speaker Ryan to House GOP: Do What You Have to Do on Trump

In a call with House Republicans, Speaker Paul Ryan said he would stop defending Trump and focus on protecting the House majority.

Speaker Paul Ryan

After a weekend of controversy for Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan told the House GOP on Monday morning that he is not rescinding his support for Trump:

Hillary Clinton quickly pointed out Ryan’s decision, without comment:

Still, Ryan indicated he would no longer defend Trump and would instead focus on “making sure that Hillary Clinton does not get a blank check” in the House:

Some reporters interpreted Ryan’s comments as conceding defeat in the White House race:

However, Speaker Ryan’s spokeswoman pushed back on that interpretation. AshLee Strong claimed Ryan “said explicitly on the call he is not conceding”:

Either way, Donald Trump responded to the reports on Monday afternoon with his characteristic defiance: